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After denying 'shopping rumours', Babar Azam goes on buying spree in Kolkata

Babar-led side will face defending champions England on Saturday (tomorrow) in their last-round match

Babar Azam can be seen shopping during his stay in Kolkata. — Author
Babar Azam can be seen shopping during his stay in Kolkata. — Author

KOLKATA: Despite previous denials of "shopping rumours", Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam went on buying in Kolkata, India ahead of Saturday's World Cup match against England.

Babar along with the team's left-arm opener Imam-ul-Haq visited Kolkata's South City Mall on Thursday with the former buying Sarees for his family members while consulting with them on a video call.

Apart from buying gifts for their families back home, the duo also bought sunglasses, clothes and other items during their outing.

Babar's shopping-related activities come as earlier the skipper — via his representative agency — had “vehemently” denied Indian media reports claiming that the Green Shirts' skipper had bought jewellery and clothes — including a designer sherwani worth 700,000 Indian rupees.

"We vehemently reject the utterly false reports circulating on certain media platforms suggesting that Kaptaan Babar Azam engaged in clothing and jewellery shopping in India [...] We categorically refute these baseless claims," the statement from the Saya Corporation read.

It is to be noted that previously, Pakistani players Usama Mir, Mohammad Haris, and Wasim Jr ventured into a shopping mall conveniently located near their team hotel. 

The shopping extravaganza took place at the bustling Mani Square, where the players explored a variety of items on offer.

The presence of Pakistani cricketers in the mall created a buzz among shoppers and cricket enthusiasts alike as the locals couldn't contain their excitement as they witnessed Pakistani players stars strolling through the mall.

During their visit, the cricketers received warm wishes and support from the local crowd, who expressed their hope for the national side's success in the upcoming match.

Abdullah Shafique and Zaman Khan were also spotted enjoying the shopping experience in Kolkata.

Shafique and Mir, in a charming gesture, purchased sarees for their family members. Meanwhile, Zaman Khan, Haris, and Wasim couldn't resist the temptation to buy some stylish clothing for themselves.

It is worth mentioning that New Zealand's win against Sri Lanka yesterday has made Pakistan's path to the World Cup semi-finals — which was already difficult — nearly impossible as they require a massive win over England in their last match.

If Pakistan bat first against England, they would have to beat them by 287 runs.

If Pakistan bowls first, they need to dismiss England for 50 runs and chase the target in two overs or 100 runs in three overs.